Last night, I had the lovely opportunity to see Delta Deep in Northampton, MA. Delta Deep is kind of a mixture between blues and rock, and their songs definitely make you want to dance. The vocals are powerful by Debbi Blackwell-Cook, the drumming skills are intense by Forrest Robinson, the bass line is great by Robert DeLeo (of Stone Temple Pilots) and the guitarist? Oh, I guess he shreds pretty well. It’s Phil Collen from Def Leppard. AKA, in case you’ve never read my blog before, my favorite band.
The show was amazing. I sat only about four feet away from the stage and the set was on point. There were no bad parts at all. I’m not normally into blues music, but their songs were so wonderful that I would love to see them again. The band is pretty perfect and well worth a two hour drive from college to get there (and then two hours to get back home).
Oh, and did I mention I met Phil?
Yeah, I met a member of Def Leppard. I was standing outside the venue before doors opened and his wife walked by me (I recognize her from pictures). I figured he had to be somewhere around, and then I heard a name yell “Helen!” (Phil’s wife), and I turned around and saw him walking down the street. Needless to say, I froze. Then I shoved my phone into my mom’s hands, went “OH MY GOD IT’S HIM” and grabbed my book from my purse (I bought his book he released in October and I’ve read it a few times).
Phil was super polite when I asked him to get a picture and to sign my book. The entire time, I was pretty calm and collected but I was literally shaking for five to 10 minutes after the ordeal. I couldn’t even type. I’m still surprised I didn’t cry on the way home. Here’s him signing my book:
(I’m never getting rid of that book, ever.)
I had a feeling I was going to be able to meet him, and all I kept thinking after was just “I MET ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.” Normally I am very used to meeting bands and I’m comfortable with it, but it’s so different when it’s someone who’s been around the music industry for years. It’s especially different when it’s a band I love so deeply. Def Leppard pretty much means the world to me.
Here are some pictures of the set. I sat on the wrong side of the stage, but was still only a few feet away. That will never happen again because 1) Def Leppard shows are huge and 2) I can’t afford close-enough seats.
When the show ended, I was lucky enough to get a few guitar picks and a “set list” of sorts. It wasn’t actually a set list, but lyrics to one of the songs. I kept it anyways because Helen signed it at the bottom. I got 4 picks, two Def Leppard ones and two Delta Deep ones, so my mom and I decided we would each keep one.
Overall, the night was one of the best times I’ve had. I was the youngest person at the show and surrounded by older guys, but I was okay with it. They were all super nice to me, helping me get the picks and offering to move to let me take pictures. One even recognized me because I put my picture with Phil on the Def Leppard Nation Facebook group I’m part of (don’t laugh) and he was like “hey, I think I just saw you on there!” So while it was in a different concert environment I’m used to, I actually preferred this setting. Much more tame and still plenty of fun.
That was my excitement for last night. I’m still in shock it happened and I’m incredibly happy it turned out well. Big thanks to my mom for driving down to Lasell, picking me up and bringing me to Northampton! She’s the best. Delta Deep is the best. I highly recommend checking out their music. You won’t regret it. 🙂